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Indira Naidoo

Indira Naidoo has made the ultimate tree change – from nightly news broadcaster to unstoppable green thumb. Indira became a familiar face to many Australians during her news broadcasting stints in the 1990s on ABC TV and SBS, but in the years since, she’s turned her attention and talent to other matters close to her heart: gardening, food and sustainability. The author of two books, The Edible Balcony and The Edible City, Indira will discuss writing, cooking and the urban gardening movement.

In conversation with Louise Swinn, Indira might even be coaxed to share her recipe for pistachio pashmak.


Portrait of Indira Naidoo

Indira Naidoo

Indira Naidoo is one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters. During her 25-year award-winning journalistic career, Ms Naidoo has hosted and reported for some of the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programs.

Portrait of Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


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